Category: Study Bible

Thompson Chain Reference

I’ve used a Thompson Chain Reference for many years. This Bible is primarily a topical Bible. It contains over 7000 topics that are chain referenced throughout the Bible. The margin contains the topics in each verse with a reference to the next verse in the chain. In the back is a topical index that gives you a number for each topic. Turning to the number in the back gives you all of the verses that Thompson lists for each topic. It also contains character studies, archaeology, etc., and one of the best concordances in any Bible available. Thompson is widely used because it doesn’t contain any notes or commentary, allowing scripture to interpret scripture. It’s not 100% thorough in its topics (you won’t find the Rapture, or even much on the Millennium), but it’s still the best I’ve seen. One thing I really like is that most of the time, when I go to write a topic in the margin it’s already there. For example, in Acts 2:38, I would write repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and filled with the Spirit. All three topics are already there. The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is available in several translations, sizes, and...

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The Ryrie Study Bible, ESV

The Ryrie Study Bible is a well-respected Study Bible that is rich with notes, references, outlines, charts, and more. The Ryrie Study Bible is now available in the English Standard Version (ESV). The ESV is one of my favorite translations. It sounds enough like the King James that I feel comfortable since I’m so used to the KJV. It is a very literal translation that is well respected among scholars, teachers, preachers, and laymen. The text in the ESV Ryrie looks good. The red-letter is a nice shade of red. It is nice and readable. The paper is not too thin. There is some very slight ghosting, but that’s to be expected for a Bible this thin that has over 1700 pages. It’s not as bad as it could be. This Bible has many features to help in Bible study. Of course it has the basics: book introductions, outlines, notes, references, charts, maps (some of the nicest I’ve seen in a study Bible), concordance, reading plan, etc. What really sets the Ryrie apart are the features most study Bibles don’t give you: articles that cover archaeology, survey of Church history, the inspiration of the Bible, how we got our Bible, how to study and understand the Bible, Bible doctrine, topical index, timelines that show when the events in each book occurred, and more. As always I caution the use...

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Choosing a Study Bible

I’ve searched for many years for the perfect Study Bible. I’ve tried many of the Bibles on the market and I’ve found things that I like and things that I don’t like in all of them. Through my years of Bible study I have found what does and does not work, and what I do and do not need in a Study Bible. I also have developed opinions as to what every person needs in personal Bible study. Let’s examine some features of Study Bibles and determine what makes a good Bible. Translation First of all… all Bibles in...

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